Performance Now

August 17 - October 12


Christian Jankowski, video still from "Rooftop Routine," 2008, DVD and 20 hula-hoops, 4 min., 30 sec.
Guy Ben-Ner, video still from "Stealing Beauty," 2007, single-channel video 17 min., 40 sec. Courtesy of the artist
William Kentridge, video still from "Drawing Lesson 47 (Interview for New York Studio School)," 2010, video, color, sound 4 min., 48 sec. Courtesy of the artist
Nandipha Mntambo, video still from "Ukungenisa," 2008, digital video, sound, 2 min., 30 sec. Courtesy of the artist and Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg
Clifford Owens, video still from "Anthology (Maren Hassinger)," 2011, HD video, 25 min., 35 sec. Courtesy of the artist
Performance view of Marina Abramović's "Seven Easy Pieces," 2005, Seven-channel video installation, color, sound, 7 hrs. Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelley Gallery
Laurie Simmons, video still from "The Music of Regret," 2006, 35mm film transferred to HD Cam, 40 min.
"Performance Now" displayed a selection of works by 24 artists from a vast repository of new performance from around the world made since 2000, a period that has witnessed an exponential increase in the number of artists using live performance as one medium among many for expressing their ideas. Bringing together some of the most significant international practitioners today, "Performance Now" included photography, objects and ephemera, installation, sound and video.
Curated by RoseLee Goldberg, the exhibition was designed to introduce some of the most exciting projects from the most recent decade and to generate discussion about the history of performance art.
Artists in the exhibition included: Marina Abramović, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Yael Bartana, Jérôme Bel, Guy Ben-Ner, Spartacus Chetwynd, Nikhil Chopra, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Claire Fontaine, Regina José Galindo, Christian Jankowski, Jesper Just, William Kentridge, Ragnar Kjartansson, Liz Magic Laser, Kalup Linzy, Nandipha Mntambo, Kelly Nipper, Clifford Owens, Santiago Sierra, Laurie Simmons, and Ryan Trecartin.
"Performance Now" was a traveling exhibition co-organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and Performa, New York. The curator for the exhibition was RoseLee Goldberg, founding director and curator of Performa. The exhibition and tour were made possible, in part, by grants from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the ICI Board of Trustees; and donors to ICI's Access Fund. In Kansas City, the exhibition was made possible with support from the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the H&R Block Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
Performa logo                 ICI logo


Marina Abramović
born Yugoslavia, 1946, lives in New York
Seven Easy Pieces, 2005
7- channel video installation
7 hours
Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelley Gallery
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
born United States, 1974, lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico
born Cuba, 1971, lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy, No. 2, 2008
video documentation on DVD
17 minutes 6 seconds
Courtesy of the artists and Gladstone Gallery
Yael Bartana
born Israel, 1970, lives in Berlin
Mary Koszmary (Nightmares), 2007
16mm film transferred to video
10 minutes 50 seconds
Courtesy of the artist and Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam
Guy Ben-Ner                      
born Israel, 1969
Stealing Beauty, 2007
single-channel video
17 minutes 40 seconds
Courtesy of the artist
Spartacus Chetwynd
born United Kingdom
Hermitos Children, 2009
single-channel video
30 minutes
Courtesy of the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London
Nikhil Chopra
born India, 1974
Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing IX, 2009
4 digital prints
Courtesy of the artist
Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg
born Sweden, 1978, lives in Berlin
born Sweden, 1978, lives in Berlin
Untitled (Working Title Kids & Dogs), 2007
claymation film originally performed with live musical accompaniment
33 minutes
Claire Fontaine
based in Paris
Situations, 2011
single-channel video
35 minutes
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Christian Jankowski
born West Germany, 1968
Rooftop Routine, 2008
single-channel video and 20 hula-hoops
4 minutes, 30 seconds
Courtesy of the artist
William Kentridge
born South Africa, 1955
Drawing Lesson 47 (Interview for New York Studio School),2010
single-channel video
4 minutes, 48 seconds
Courtesy of the artist
Ragnar Kjartansson
born Iceland, 1976
Bliss, 2011
video documentation on hard drive
12 hours
Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik
Regina Jose Galindo
born Guatemala, 1974
¿Quien Puede Borrar las Huellas?, 2003
single-channel video
37 minutes 32 seconds
Courtesy of the artist and Prometeo Gallery di Ida Pisani, Milan
Kalup Linzy
born United States, 1977
Conversations wit de Churen ΙΙ: All My Churen, 2003
single-channel video
29 minutes 14 seconds
Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix
Nandipha Mntambo
born Swaziland, 1982, lives in Johannesburg
Ukungenisa, 2008
digital video
2 minutes 30 seconds
Courtesy of the artist and Stevenson, Cape Town
Kelly Nipper
born United States, 1971
Floyd on the Floor, 2007
6 minutes 3 seconds
Collection of Gloria Sutton and Henry Rath, 
 Brookline, MA
Kelly Nipper and Leah Piehl
costumes and watercolors
Courtesy of the artists
Clifford Owens
born United States, 1971
Anthology (Maren Hassinger), 2011
single-channel video
25 minutes 35 seconds
Courtesy of the artist

Anthology (Nsenga Knight), 2011
Courtesy of the artist
Santiago Sierra
born Spain, 1966
The Trap, 2007
four-channel video presented as single-channel video
Courtesy of Team Gallery
Ryan Trecartin
born United States, 1981
A Family Finds Entertainment, 2004
single-channel video
42 minutes
Courtesy of the artist


September 5 Thu
September 11 Wed
September 18 Wed
September 25 Wed


Press Release

Performance Now opens at the H&R Block Artspace
KCAI website |
Thu, 2013-07-25

Selected Press

Thu, 2013-09-05

A traveling exhibition at the H&R Block Artspace, "Performance Now," includes performance art from the last decade, with work by artists spanning generations

The Pitch |
Tue, 2013-09-03

At H&R Block Artspace, "Performance Now" enlivens the gallery with a visual carnival of pop music, parachutes, IKEA furniture and claymation gore.

Video From the Cutting Edge
The Kansas City Star |
Sun, 2013-09-01

H&R Block Artspace's exhibition showcases a provocative lineup of performance art masterworks.